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    Bryony nicked the camera, so this week I teamed up with Jamie McIntrye (our intern) and our scanner to supply images

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    Der Grief (best cover)

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    Der Grief

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    Der Grief

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    Der Grief

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    Stuff by Hattie Stewart

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    Stuff by Hattie Stewart (including Thunderbirds stamp)

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    Stuff by Hattie Stewart

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    Go Into Town & Get Some Milk

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    Go Into Town & Get Some Milk

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    Go Into Town & Get Some Milk

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    Sci-Fi Lovers

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Things

Posted by Alex Moshakis,

Bryony is currently manning our Pick Me Up stall, so I’ve been tasked with bringing you the weekly dose of Things (which includes super cool stuff, pretty much as always)…

Der Grief Simon Karlstetter, Leon Kirchlechner and Felix von Scheffer

The latest issue of Der Grief officially features one of the best magazine cover images of 2011. Thankfully, the rest of the magazine – which contains more photography as well as poetry and stories – is as good (and sometimes as equally amusing) as the cover in which its bound. Also, there’s an incredibly weird but kind of cool editorial letter in the magazine’s first few pages, highlighting the importance of laughter. I’d like to second that – laughter is important. I’d also like to stress how important it is to generally avoid speeding objects, and to share food sometimes.
www.dergreif-online.de

Stuff by Hattie Stewart Hattie Stewart

We sometimes receive bumper packs through the post. The packs don’t contain one thing, but instead house many, many different things. This week’s comes courtesy of Hattie Stewart, who sent in two zines, a sticker, and a super nice business card (all varying in size). As stand-alone objects they each work – they’re all as individually important as the next – but collectively they shout out load, grab hold of your attention and very nearly don’t let go. Also, she used a Thunderbirds stamp (see picture). Cool!!!
www.hattiestewart.blogspot.com

Go Into Town & Get Some Milk Caitlin Duennebir, Rabitt Books

Published by Rabbitt Books, Go Into Town & Get Some Milk is a small and wonderfully concise collection of images by photographer Caitlin Duennebir. A highlight is the book’s front page, which instead of a photograph features a poem that is perhaps intended to shed light on the series or else is meant as a weirdly abstract but nevertheless highly intriguing introduction to the book. The poem reads:

I’m sitting on the
back porch watching
people run up and
down the hill.
They should run because
at night that is where
all the skeletons go
to dance.
www.caitlinduennebier.co.uk
www.rabbitt.eu

Plausible Possible Alexandre Elmir, Gregoire Alix-Tabeling, Yoan Ollivier

According to their website, Plausible Possible (consisting of Alexandre Elmir, Gregoire Alix-Tabeling, Yoan Ollivier) is a “design agency that supports the development of private or public initiatives.” This featured piece of newsprint is their manifesto (of sorts) – an introduction to their philosophy and an articulate comment on what design really means.
www.plausiblepossible.com

Sci-Fi Lovers James Jessiman

London-based printmaker and illustrator James Jessiman sent us a print titled Sci-Fi Lovers or Sci-Fi Lovers 2011. It’s totally weird (it features a surreal act of marriage proposal in a psychedelic, fluorescent flower-covered room), but more importantly is completely representative of the craft and ability evident throughout all of Jessiman’s work.
www.jamesjessiman.com

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Posted by Alex Moshakis

Alex originally joined It’s Nice That as a designer but moved into editorial and oversaw the It’s Nice That magazine from Issue Six (July 2011) to Issue Eight (March 2012) before moving on that summer.

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    Artist Larry van Pelt wants to spread the word that “Jesus in life makes a difference.” Already a keen artist, Florida-based Larry decided to use his creative skills to spread the message, and began drawing Jesus in a number of different working environments. His collection involves a huge range of work scenarios, including a truck driver, a secretary, a carpet layer, a bodybuilder and a french horn player.

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    We’ve long admired the work of Californian set designer and art director Adi Goodrich. A veritable mistress of creating the sort of strange, cartoon-like scenes that pop with colour and ideas, she’s worked with big-name clients like Michel Gondry and Wieden+Kennedy, but she recently got in touch about an intriguing solo exhibition at The Standard hotel in Hollywood, entitled Like Thiiiiis. The show takes the form of an installation in a glass box behind the hotel’s reception desk, and features a number of images that look to show what it means to be a young creative at the start of your career.

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    In a beautiful profile in The Guardian recently, journalist Tim Lewis travelled out to the Hollywood hills to peek behind the gates of Hockney’s jungle-like home to get a glimpse of what the now 77-year-old artist is up to. As it happened, he had been very busy indeed: making a whole bunch of new paintings that are, in classic Hockney-style, moving in a totally different direction from his previous work.

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    Remember Kim Keever? Back in the summer of 2013, the New York based artist wowed us with his amazing landscapes created in 200-gallon tanks of water and what’s more, he let us in on his process with some fascinating set-up shots. Now, like many a painter before him, Kim has moved from landscapes to more abstract creations albeit within the context of his sculptural practice.

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    This project by artist Erica Allen is an oldie but such a goodie. Way back in 2008 California-born, Brooklyn-based Erica decided to merge a collection of faces from found barbershop posters with discarded shots of studio backdrops, creating a series of oddly alluring fictional portraits. Removed from their original context, the freshly-trimmed gents pictured come across as utterly anonymous and strangely distant, connected to one another only by a crisp shape-up and a gaze fixed somewhere in the distance. And if that rainbow backdrop didn’t inspire the album artwork for Drake’s Nothing Was the Same then I don’t know what did.

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    Edmund Clark is one of the most interesting artists working today, exploring what is arguably the defining issue of the past 13 years. He’s interested in the wars waged by the USA and UK in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the fall-out from this foreign policy and how it impacts on us here at home. His new book The Mountains of Majeed continues this theme, as it’s a reflection on “the end of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan through photography, found imagery and Taliban poetry.”

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    The secluded French port of Le Havre is a very particular place. Closed off by barriers, it is staffed solely by men, and jobs there are strictly only passed on from father to son. All of which made it the perfect backdrop for artist JR’s contribution to the Women Are Heroes project, which saw him collaborate with the dockers to create a huge image of a woman’s eyes on a 363-metre long container ship.

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    The bright, woozy haze of Wojciech Fangor’s psychedelic paintings is mesmerising. It’s even more so having learnt that the Polish artist, who worked during the 1960s, created these Op art masterpieces entirely in isolation, working in Eastern Europe having not seen the similar works being created in America and Europe by the likes of Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely. As such, while the images feel familiar; there’s also something exotic about them, pulsing with light created using intensely coloured oil paint applied in thin layers. A new show named Colour-Light-Space opens next month at London’s 3 Grafton Street gallery, and will display a number of works by Wojciech from the 1960s and 1970s that demonstrate his mastery of all three words in the title. It’s fascinating to think of the artist working on these beautiful optical illusions and explorations of the power of painting well before similar works were created elsewhere in the world, and it’s great to have his work celebrated in the way it deserves.

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    Mark Lazenby is the go-to guy for collage that just works. We last featured the artist two years ago and since then his portfolio of pieced together artworks has exploded with even more impressive works and a real exploration of materials and collage techniques.

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    There’s not a pie in the cultural world that James Franco isn’t ready and willing to stick a finger into, and to prove it the actor, director, poet and musician has just announced a new exhibition of his artworks, entitled Fat Squirrel, which is to be held at London’s Siegfried Contemporary gallery. The show is an undeniably eclectic collection, including a number of self portraits of the artist in the guise of various famous historical figures, a deer orgy entitled Triple Team, and some bright painterly collages, not to mention the eponymous overweight rodents which are undoubtedly our favourites.

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    I’m known for my sweet tooth and ability to consume an obscene amount of cakes, sweets and biscuits in one sitting, so it’ll come as no surprise that I was instantly drawn to Will Cotton’s sugary scenes of candy-laced lands.

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    Time and again Amy Woodside gets in touch to let us know about new projects she’s cooked up and time and again we’re powerless to resist them. The New York-based artist is focussed to a fault on her fine art practice where iconic letterforms emerge from meticulously registered screen printing and frantic flourishes of spray paint. Where first she caught our eye with multicoloured wordplay, the constant reduction and refinement of her process has resulted in a new series’ of totemic words like ‘Hero’, ‘Cash’, ‘Hoax’ and ‘Like’, pre-loaded with cultural context and double meaning, writ large on the canvas. What’s the meaning behind them? The interpretation is up to you, but Amy always seems to be critiquing pop culture with its own visual vernacular and playing fast and loose with our ambiguous use of language.

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    The Dutch/Brazilian artist Rafaël Rozendaal is best known for his digital artworks that often take the form of webpages but as he told us at our 2013 creative symposium Here he is increasingly interested in exploring his fascination with light and colour in real-world scenarios. Most recently this has taken the form of his hyper-colourful abstract lenticular paintings, which are made up of layers of different frames and so appear to move when viewed from different angles.